Summer paddling

The Summer Paddling Program at Maskwa is one of the best ways to spend a summer- on the lake, hanging out with friends, and honing your skills in the exciting sport of canoe kayak!.(Ages 8-13).


summer paddling program (7-weeks)

The Summer Paddling program is for everyone (no experience necessary for any of the levels!). Beginners receive quality coaching and supervision in single, double, and four-person racing canoes and kayaks (including war canoe), and have the opportunity to participate in local regattas tailored to their age and skill levles. Experienced paddlers can improve their skills and compete not only locally and regionally, but nationally and beyond.

program structure

Led by our experienced and energetic coaching staff, the Summer Paddling Program is organized into a four-block structure, with each age group participating in paddling activities, dryland activities (including basketball, jogging, races, outdoor games, sand court activities and more), with an hour-long lunch break in the middle of the day. Children will remain in their specific age groups, with the same coaches, for the entire summer. Enthusiastic summer paddlers may be invited by their coach to participate in one of our development group practices, which take place during the regular daily schedule

program requirements

Children must be at least 8 years old as of Jan 1, 2024 - no exceptions. Please look below and be sure to register your child correctly in their respective paddling age group. If they are registered in the incorrect age group, you will be contacted and notified that they have been removed from that age group, and you will be required to re-register in the correct age group- if space allows.

U10 - under 10 years of age as of Jan 1, 2024
U12 - under 12 years of age as of Jan 1, 2024
U14 - under 14 years of age as of Jan 1, 2024

All summer program participants must be comfortable in and around the water while wearing a PFD , as participants will be in, on, and around the water for the majority of every day all summer. Participants must bring their own PFD daily to camp. Specifications on PFDs can be found on the Parent FAQ tab. (Please Note: Red Cross swimming lessons throughout the summer are no longer available).

Programming takes place outdoors, rain or shine, so please come prepared on rainy days.

Program dates

July 02nd - August 16th, 2024. Hours of the program are 9:00AM - 4:00PM, with early drop off beginning at 8:30AM and late pickup ending at 4:30PM.


2024 Cost: $1297.00 for all age levels (includes tax and all fees. Note that the fee has been adjusted to accommodate the 7-week length of the 2024 program).

Payment is due in full at time of registration. If you have more than one child registered, there is a sibling discount of 10% for the second child registered, and 20% for the third child registered (discount is taken off the lower base program fee). After registering, please notify the Club Manager ( that you qualify for the sibling discount and it will be provided to you. Notification must be received by Sep 1 of the summer in which you registered.

Participants of the Summer Paddling program also require certain equipment, at own expense. Please scroll below for further details.

Join our Summer paddling program

ready to sign up?

Registration for our Summer Paddling 2024 now open! 

To register, go to the Register menu at the top of the page, and choose a program from the drop-down. (Note: if you do not see the program you are looking for, it means registration is no longer available).

Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons are also part of the Paddling Program. Swim Kids Levels 5-10 are provided at no additional charge (Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross are a separate charge). Each level is a total of 10 classes that take place daily (Mon-Fri) for two weeks over the summer season. Lessons run during dryland training time, and are unlimited throughout the summer (paddling program participants can enroll in all levels). Report cards to let you know your child’s performance are provided at the end of each completed session. Interested individuals MUST register in order to partake in swimming lessons.

Equipment Needed

Summer Paddling Program participants require a PFD, a Maskwa racing singlet, and a bun (small cushion for the knee when kneeling in the canoe). Specifications on PFDs can be found under the Parent FAQ tab. Racing singlets & buns are purchased through Maskwa; purchasing details will be provided via email to registered participants.

Cancellation Policy

Summer Paddling Program participants may withdraw within the first week of the program, by notifying the Club Manager ( no later than one week past the program start date. Refunds up to this date will be pro-rated. Only serious medical reasons will be considered after this, at which point refunds will be pro-rated. All refunds will be subject to a $50.00 administration fee. No refund will be issued if a participant is required to leave as the result of a conduct concern.

Note: Maskwa will enforce and comply with all required public health measures.

athlete resources

No matter what level you’re competing at – from Kearney Lake to World Juniors or National Team Trials- the Maskwa Code of Conduct board member is here for you.


Athletes should have a safe and respectful environment to train and compete in. For any athlete that would like to report or inquire about any issues you’re having (at any level) please reach out to our confidential Code of Conduct board member to discuss your issues.

Our Canoe Club Sponsors

As a non-for-profit organization and one of the largest paddling clubs in Canada there is always a need for funding for new equipment, events, and special projects. You can help us provide the best possible program experience for our 400+ members and their families by becoming a sponsor.  Sponsorships are welcomed by individual, small business, and corporate donors.